Jabulani “Jabba” Tsambo, also known as HHP, was Lerato Sengadi‘s late husband. In 2018, the rapper committed suicide, leaving behind his family, a son, and Lerato.
The socialite posted a snapshot of the late superstar with his son and a touching father’s day message to him.
“See you soon Leano. (This was one of my all-time fave shoots I worked on le Motho. I had so many pieces custom-made in such a short time. I wanted a visual story. And I have slight OCD when it comes to attention to detail in visuals. And the team we did this with was super dope. Just look at The Lion & his Cub! Picture Perfect!”
HHP’s family and Lerato are still fighting in court because the family didn’t acknowledge her as their son’s makoti after he died.
She believed everything was done according to tradition, and she was happily married to the late rapper HHP, her true love.
Lerato Sengadi, on the other hand, not only lost her husband, but also her son, a home, valuable goods, and even her two dogs when he died.
She tells Drum that going to court to decide where her husband should be buried and not having a place to sit at his funeral was torture for her, but she realized there was a cause bigger than herself for her to go through such a horrific event.
She had a lovely family and two lovely dogs. When HHP died in 2018, she discovered she had nothing when she learned she had been evicted from her home the day her husband died, according to Lerato.
She recalls having a lot of questions at the time. Other married ladies told similar accounts about what happened when their spouses died. At the age of 34, Lerato never believed this would be her story as well.
Given her and HHP’s celebrity, her feud with her in-laws was quickly made public. She said it wasn’t something she wanted, but it was important because today so many women understand that they don’t have to sit back when it comes to their bodies.
“I am going to the Constitutional Court to ensure that to any other female. Because of my case, Checkers has a lobola form that you can buy and make sure that during your negotiations there is a full checklist and it is an essential value of the contract,” she says.
“The case has been going on for the past three years. With lockdown, we couldn’t proceed with the court case and now they are taking me to the ConCourt and I am, like, ‘Great!’ I have won at the Supreme Court of Appeal, but they still want to fight the two rulings of the two courts and their last stop, the only place that they can do that, is the ConCourt.”
She says this is bigger than her, and she hasn’t seen her stepson ever since the day his dad died. “We lived in the same home, we co-raised him. It is painful, but you know what? We’ll find each other – that’s a definite. I know his father will make it happen,” she says.
“They are taking me there because they are trying to [make my marriage] null and void. I [allegedly] didn’t get married which has been their whole thing, therefore I can’t work on my husband’s legacy, I can’t live in our home because I am not his wife.
“But I got traditionally married which is more important to me than a white wedding. Because it is the coming together of two people, two families, ancestors, for me, it was very deep and important,” she says.
“Surviving the path that God has made and already paved for me, there is nothing I can do to escape my journey and my destiny,” she reflects.
“I have learned that life is short. I didn’t think I’ll be a widow and lose the love of my life at 34. I didn’t think I’d lose everything that I held dear to me. Why, having learned all of that, will I not want to live life every day?
“Do I still hope to have kids? Yes. Do I still want to be married again? Yes.”